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Rand Afrikaans University


On 5 November 1963, 468 delegates at a conference unanimously accepted a motion to establish an Afrikaans University. An act of Parliament was promulgated on 4 August 1965 to establish an Afrikaans university in Johannesburg. Rand Afrikaans University (RAU) was founded as an Afrikaans language university in 1967 with just over 700 registered students. The first campus was situated in a brewery in Braamfontein. The RAU was officially opened on the 24th of February 1968. The first chancellor of the RAU, was dr Nico Diederichs (the then Minister of Finance). The first rector of the university was prof G van N Viljoen.

The main campus is situated in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, South Africa and satellite campuses in Soweto and Doornfontein. . Today, approximately 22 000 students are registered.

On 1 January 2005, RAU, Technikon Witwatersrand and some campuses of the now defunct Vista University merged to become the University of Johannesburg.

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